Ok so….her book sounds like someone else’s…At 17 is not everyone trying to imitate someone…
All those sniggering, “I knew it would happen’… “ohhh she copied!!”…. ‘thought she is too great eh” people kindly shut up!
Besides, what I have learnt from random readings in my school's library..ALL american teen lit sounds the same!
All of us, it looks like ,are holier than thou and just waiting for someone to have a downfall so that we can tear them apart bit by bit in all our conversations..
Imagine for a moment what she is going through…this moment..just now…all eyes at her..in her college, in her neighbourhood, the TV the newspaper…imagine the misery, imagine the emotional scarring…and all this at the age of 19…no she does not deserve it.
The blame should go to the publishers for doing no homework, to the parents who pressured her and goodness knows how many other people who raised her to an unrealistic level.
So what about Mistress of Spices…now that sounds exactly like Joanne Harris in Holy Fools and in Chocolat…..how about it eh…shall we begin to rip apart Chirta Divarakuni?......or Paul Mayeda Berges?
And while we are at it let us rip each other apart and those on this planet who are totally original, immune to imitation please be the referees!